They stressed the importance of focusing on the first division football league technically and organizationally
Athletes: Reducing the number of residents in the age stages is the most important files of the new «Competitions Committee»
One of the competitions of the age stages in football. From the source
Athletes confirmed that important files await the Competitions Committee in the Football Association after its new formation headed by the Second Vice President of the Federation, Obaid Salem Al Shamsi, noting that the file of reducing the number of resident players, especially in the competitions of the age stages, and paying more attention to national players in this age group is one of the most important files that the committee must pay more attention to, in addition to also paying more attention to the amateur league and working to develop it technically and organizationally and highlight it in the media, pointing out that for competitions The President's Cup has witnessed great leaps during the last period through the great attention it received from the Football Association and the Competitions Committee.
They told Emirates Today: "The Competitions Committee and the Football Association must urgently reduce the number of resident players in the competitions of the age stages, especially the ages of 11, 12 and 14, provided that the recruitment of resident players in the competitions of the age stages begins from the age of 18 years."
The new Competitions Committee is preparing to start its duties following its reconstitution by the Football Association, which was held last Thursday under the chairmanship of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
The former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ittihad Kalba Club, Issa Al-Dhabahi, said that the new Chairman of the Competitions Committee in the Football Association, Obaid Salem Al-Shamsi, has great experience in this field, stressing the importance of paying more attention to the First Division League, especially working to develop it more in all aspects and making field visits to clubs to get to know closely their problems and work to solve them, as well as paying attention to the competitions of the Sunni stages as they constitute the real tributary of the first team, and in the absence of interest in these category the first team will be in danger.
Al-Dhabahi considered that reducing the number of foreign players registered in the resident category in the competitions of the age stages must be a great priority for the committee after its new reformation, calling on the Competitions Committee to follow the example of Sharjah clubs after the adoption of the Sharjah Sports Council decision to direct the emirate's clubs that participate in sports tournaments in the age and youth categories organized by the Football Association starting from the current season to cancel the boxes of foreign players and residents and rely on national players and children of Emirati women.
Issa Al-Dhabahi added: «We cannot bring foreign players from Brazil and others and register them in the category of resident player, especially in the age stages, so the Competitions Committee in the Football Association must reconsider the mechanism for attracting resident players».
In turn, Juma Al-Abdouli, a former member of the Competitions Committee in the Football Association, called on the new Competitions Committee not to start from scratch, but in terms of the conclusions of the previous Competitions Committee, stressing the importance of giving the First Division League more attention, whether in the media or organizationally, and working to develop it better.
Al-Abdouli stressed the importance of the Competitions Committee and the Football Association reducing the number of resident players in the competitions of the age stages, especially the ages of 11, 12 and 14, stressing the importance of paying more attention to the competitions of the age stages in these categories, considering that it can start attracting resident players from the age of 18 years.
Juma Al Abdouli wished success to the new Football Association headed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, as well as success to the Competitions Committee and the national teams during their next journey, stressing the importance of completing the journey started by the former Football Association headed by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.
In turn, Khaled Awad, a member of the Competitions Committee in the former Football Association, confirmed that «although the Competitions Committee has limited powers as it submits the recommendations it deems appropriate to the Board of Directors of the Football Association for approval, but by virtue of its responsibility for the competitions organized by the Football Association, it is required to pay more attention to these competitions and work to develop them better».
He said that «the President's Cup competition has witnessed a great development during the past periods, and the first division competition is going positively, but it needs amendments in order to develop the competition and the game, especially in terms of allowing clubs to participate in a foreign goalkeeper, which leads to the development of the level of goalkeepers and the game in general».
Khaled Awad stressed the importance of reconsidering the issue of attracting resident players, especially in competitions for the age stages, and working to reduce the number of players to the maximum extent possible. He added: «I hope that the echo of the decision of the Sharjah Sports Council to cancel the boxes of foreign players and residents and rely on national players and children of Emirati women in the competitions of the age stages to the Competitions Committee in the Football Association».
• The new Competitions Committee, headed by Obaid Al Shamsi, is preparing to start its duties following its restructuring by the Football Association.